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The year 2001 saw two extremely important additions to popular culture. On July 9, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's faux-documentary series The Office premiered to British television audiences on BBC 2. It wasn't long before copies of the brilliantly cringe-inducing sitcom found its way into the hands of comedy nerds worldwide. A few months later in December, New Line Cinema released the first installment of Peter Jackson's epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings trilogy, thus realizing the dreams of generations of fantasy geeks while bringing the mythic tale of magic and heroism to mainstream audiences.

Sources: Saturday Night Live